Rimando shines despite distractions

Nick Rimando’s wife was involved in an accident on Interstate-15 on Friday afternoon. A vehicle rear-ended her company minivan at 65 mph, totaling the back of the car. Jacqui Rimando was fine — a little shaken. She saw the team’s chiropractor just for precautionary reasons.

Knowing what a traumatic day he’d already been through, it makes Rimando’s two late saves against San Jose that much more impressive. On a day when he didn’t have to do much, he could’ve easily let his mind wonder. Instead, he was focused for 90 minutes and earned his 65th shutout, even though it wasn’t good enough for his 100th career victory.

Rimando’s two biggest saves came late in the game as San Jose nearly stole the road victory and snapped RSL’s 16-game home unbeaten streak. The first was on an 84th-minute counter attack breakaway for Cornell Glen, but Rimando held his ground and smothered the close-range shot. The second fantastic save came in the 89th minute as he barely tipped Javier Robles’ long-range shot over the bar.

After the match, Andy Williams admitted the entire team was rusty, but added, “I’m glad Nicky didn’t have any rust in him, he bailed us out the last two shots.”

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